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Beautiful Parricide

Beatrice Cenci, the daughter of a Roman nobleman, who plotted the death of her father because he violently defiled her. (Died 1599.)

“Francesco Cenci (xvi. siècle) ... avait quatre fills et une fille (Béatrix). Il les maltraitait cruellement, ou les faisait servir á ses plaisirs brutaux ... Révoltée de tant d'borreurs, Bèatrix, sa fille, de concert avec deux de ses frerès, et Lucrece leur mere, fit assassiner Francesco Cenci. Accusés de parricide, ils périrent tous quatre sur pechafaud par la sentence de Clément VIII. (1605).” —Bouillet.

This is Muratori's version of the affair, but it is much disputed. It is a favourite theme for tragedy.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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